Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Adele Sandel - [n.d.]

Thoughts on Life in America


So, that's why I say that I am more well adjusted than my American friends are who were born and raised here and so is my son. Because they were born here and they, and, and they had everything and they were pampered and, and they had luxury and I know what it is to have and not to have. How to--we didn't start once in our life. We started four or five times and we worked up from nothing. And we appreciate--I still appreciate a piece of toilet paper or, or an apple in the winter when I bring it home or whatever. I, I don't just have it. I ju...and the car we drive and the televisions we have and everything because from nothing, nothing. Once I was so rich and so--and, and so well to do and, and fine and we really uh, were the upper class, whatever we were, that I will never be here like I was once, but that all--they took it away and, and you just can't uh, uh, and here people who have lots of money and big homes and everything they become they, they, they-- it's three, four generations. You cannot do. Uh, some people were very successful, but some people--I never worked out of the house and some uh, just a saleslady in the store I helped, you know, part-time, and um, and we just did it with hard work whatever we have and we appreciate what whatever we have. It is not like people who, who were born here, you know, I am very um, sometimes I'm very angry at the American Jews--at the American people, that they did more--that they didn't do more than what they did. That, that they didn't hear here in the uh, free world what was going on there. That only one bomb there where the, where the trains were going to Auschwitz--one bomb. Roosevelt should of uh, let go--the Jews should have go and demonstrate and worked harder than they did. I knew they--I knew that something was done but not enough.


Not enough. That, that shouldn't have happened.

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